At this point, I'm tired of seeing it. You know who you are. "Hey evury1, lets come together and mak da bigest, bestest game 2 impr0ve bYonD!"
Let's realize something here: the majority of the projects that get finished on BYOND are solo efforts. Compare the number of "I'm quitting [insert project name here]" made by individual developers to teams of developers and you'll see what I mean. This isn't to say the people who are in teams are automatically going to fail - the point is, a lot of people on BYOND are flat out useless. Your project will never come to fruition if you hinder yourself by relying on them.
I'm not sure why, but people have come to the conclusion that the only way BYOND is going to get anywhere is if all the greatest developers on BYOND come together and make some super MORPG. Which, anyone who knows this community well enough knows damn well that will never happen. Please give it a rest already.
The bottom line is this: if you really care about improving BYOND, you need to stop being a lazy prick and learn how to make games yourself. The "OMG CODING IS 2 HARD" or "I DONT HAVE TIME TO LEARN HOW TO DRAW" excuses are bullshit. If you have the time to play 500 hours of Skyrim, you have the time to do whatever it takes to learn how to use Dream Maker to make games. It's not rocket science - I was figuring out how to use DM before I was a teenager.
You also need to stop with the community events/guilds/blogs or whatever. Yeah, interviewing the handful of developers who actually do something on this site is fun, but at the end of the day, BYOND is the same website lacking quality games, so your "contribution" is meager. We don't need anymore DMCasts or Journalisms or whatever you can think of to dedicate your blog to besides game development. And thank God Tom is doing away with blogs altogether. 90% of us here including myself don't even use the blog for something productive anyway so it's pretty awesome it's being done away with.
The biggest contribution you can make to the site is a quality game, and that quality game won't get here if you sit on your ass all day trying to get dozens of developers to create some massive project with you. Kumorii, Erin, and Gayle/Zane are a few names that come to mind when I think of people who are on the right track to contributing. The rest of you are just wasting your time.
So, there you have it. No more "How Can We Contribute To BYOND?" forum threads, and "Lets Make The Biggest Project Evar!" blog posts. An answer has been given, now off you go.
Dec 18 2011, 8:07 pm